20 years of hard work is pay­ing me now: Pankaj

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Gangs of Wassey­pur fame ac­tor Pankaj Tripathi who bagged the spe­cial men­tion award at the 65th Na­tional Awards for his role of an army of­fi­cer in New­ton, is hum­bled with the love show­ered on him.

“Bees saal ki jour­ney hai! Gaaon mein jab tha to sochata tha ki act­ing main kuch ho jaye. Kafi bahu­mulya hai yeh ky­onki bahut sang­harsh ke baad mila hai (It has been a 20 year long jour­ney. Liv­ing in a vil­lage I used to think about do­ing some­thing in the field of act­ing. It’s pre­cious for me as I have got it af­ter lot of strug­gle,” says the ac­tor.

The ac­tor, who be­longs to a Bel­sand vil­lage about 30 kms from Gopal­ganj ahead of Gorakh­pur, was in Luc­know to shoot for Anub­hav Sinha’s film Abhi To Party Shuru Hui Hai.

“I stud­ied till class 10 in my vil­lage which still does not have a puckka road. It’s still un­der con­struc­tion. My par­ents are farm­ers. I go to my vil­lage ev­ery 3-4 four months and on Sun­day again I am go­ing there. They have no idea about my work. On reach­ing there I don dhoti-kurta and be­come a gramin (vil­lager). Glam­our of film in­dus­try does not af­fect me,” he says.

His fa­ther wanted him to be a doc­tor for which he went to Patna. “I went for prepa­ra­tions but it did not in­ter­est me at all. So, I started do­ing am­a­teur the­atre and then went to Delhi and un­der­went train­ing at Na­tional School of Drama from 2001-04 and there­after Mum­bai,” he says.

The ac­tor says it was like a 14-year ‘van­vaas’ (ex­ile) for him and now peo­ple have started rec­og­niz­ing him.

“Au­di­ence no­ticed me in Gangs of Wassey­pur. Be­fore that I had done a lot of work but was not recog­nised much. I did a Yash Raj se­rial Pow­der in which I had a role of drug mafia. Its com­ing back on Net­flix. I also did Dharam in 2007 which got for Na­tional Awards for best fea­ture film on na­tional in­te­gra­tion. But, real recog­ni­tion came from Sul­tan Qureshi of Wassey­pur,” he says. Tripathi started play­ing bad­die af­ter it.

“In­dus­try has a ten­dency of type­cast­ing you af­ter a pop­u­lar role so I started get­ting same ka­sai (butcher)-types bru­tal roles. I was aware of this tag. But TC’s role in Masaan and teacher’s char­ac­ter in Nil Batey San­nata changed the sce­nario for me. Both films broke the vil­lain’s im­age and I started get­ting all types of roles in­clud­ing com­edy, se­ri­ous and in­tense char­ac­ter. Now au­di­ence too ex­pects some sur­prise from me,” he says.

In 2017 Tripathi had seven re­leases.

“All of them were crit­i­cally ac­claimed and dif­fer­ent type of roles for me. I got men­tioned for New­ton but my favourite per­for­mance was one in Gur­gaon. Fukrey, Bareilly Ki Barfi and New­ton were com­mer­cially suc­cess­fully too. Now, some good work is com­ing my way so life is in good zone. Dukan ac­chi chal rahi hai…so I am en­joy­ing it.”

He is shoot­ing his third film in Luc­know af­ter Omkara and Bareilly Ki Barfi. In next few months he will be back in the city to shoot a biopic.

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